Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Ashton Carter to be Secretary of Defense:
“I welcome Dr. Ash Carter’s nomination to be the next Secretary of Defense. From his early work in nuclear disarmament and academia to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Pentagon, it is clear he will support our men and women in uniform and that he has the capabilities to successfully lead the Department of Defense.
“I look forward to collaborating with Dr. Carter on the many national security issues facing the Pentagon and our armed forces, including leading the global coalition to confront ISIL, responsibly drawing down in Afghanistan, continuing the re-balance to the Asia-Pacific region and effectively managing the Pentagon’s budget. I encourage my colleagues to closely examine Dr. Carter’s strong record and move his nomination as expeditiously as possible.”